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Juvenile Hall Dharma by Soren Gordhamer is a story about an individual who was born and raised in Texas His father a psychologist was an educated man interested in Buddhism Under his fathers influence the author got interested in Buddhism and got into a habit of meditation Later in the story the author joined Spirit Rock Meditation Center Family Program and taught meditation classes to teens One thing that appeared strange to me was that authors family was living in Texas on of the Bible Belt states and that his father had a respectable position in a society as a psychologist yet the family did not attend church services As one can see from the story religion did not have a great influence on Gordhamers life as a youngster However he was able to achieve an inner balance and to keep himself focused and motivated thanks to the meditation practices he had learned from his fathers books and tapes Author describes a state of being in the zone which is using a power of the mind in various conditions During his classes with young juveniles the author wanted to teach the kids the ability to achieve that state through meditation These teens had broken lives and were already behind bars but the government did little to fund programs that assured their positive development while in prison So authors classes were making a change in these teens personalities and lives in general After I finished reading I understood that meditation plays an important role in Buddhism teaching because it is one of the first steps in the journey of achieving nirvana I have learned that meditation helps to gather inner strengths and a power of mind of an individual and to channel them into positive and productive actions I could see that the author had a great confidence in himself while dealing with juveniles who committed various crimes such as selling drugs and murder These youngsters
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